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1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor Teen, 2011.
Physical Description:
342 pages ; 21 cm.
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
When a series of magical attacks disrupts Oakhurst Academy, a boarding school for orphaned future magicians, a suspicious alumnus is hired to secure the campus and start training the students for war.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 6.2 14.0 144729.

Reading Counts RC High School 5.7 21 Quiz: 55018.
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The second book in the Shadow Grail series by the New York Times , USA Today , and Publishers Weekly bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

Spirit and her friends Burke, Loch, Muirin, and Addie have managed to defeat the evil force that has been killing students at Oakhurst Academy for the past forty years--or so they think. When a series of magical attacks disrupts the school, Doctor Ambrosius calls upon alumnus Mark Rider to secure the campus--and start training the students for war. The only student without magic, Spirit doesn't trust Mark or his methods. She knows that Oakhurst isn't safe. And if Spirit and her friends want to live long enough to graduate, they have to find out what is really going on--before it's too late.

Author Notes

Fantasy fiction author Mercedes Richie Lackey was born in Chicago on June 24, 1950, and she received a B.S. from Purdue University in 1972. She is also a professional lyricist and has rehabilitated raptors.

Lackey started writing her own short stories when her favorite science fiction and fantasy authors weren't producing new books fast enough for her. She began writing professionally with the encouragement of author C. J. Cherryh, whom Lackey had met at a science fiction convention. Many of Lackey's books, including the Queen's Own trilogy, the Vows and Honor series, Valdemar: family Spies, and the Last Herald-Mage and Mage Winds trilogies, take place in the imaginary world of Valdemar. She has authored numerous series, including the Bardic Voices series and a series of occult mysteries featuring Diana Tregarde, a modern-day witch. Lackey enjoys collaborating and has co-written books with authors such as C.J. Cherryh, Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mark Shepherd, and Ru Emerson. Her title Redoubt made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Horn Book Review

Having defeated one set of bad guys in Legacies, Spirit and her friends at Oakhurst Academy, a boarding school for young magicians, face another mysterious evil force. The unfolding conspiracy is confusing (involving, for example, Oakhurst alums, a giant oak tree, and the legend of King Arthur), but Spirit is a smart, determined protagonist unwilling to accept the status quo. (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Paranoid speculations prove to be sensible strategy in the second entry of this fantasy series.Spirit and her friends deserve a little downtime after defeating the Wild Hunt at Oakhurst, the elite boarding school for magical orphans. Instead, the winter holidays set off a new round of attacks. Spirit's friends dismiss her warnings as a pathetic bid for attention and seem interested only in shopping and fashion. After all, the headmaster has recruited powerful alumni to take over school security, and the only one who shares Spirit's forebodings is the new girl, with her crazy babbling about the eternal battle between Arthur and Mordred. Then the killings start... A nefarious anti-Hogwarts provides a compelling premise, undercut by sloppy worldbuilding and overreliance on brand-name-dropping. Spirit's tragic life plausibly results in her constant anger and depression, but it doesn't make for a likable protagonist. Her friends are shallow caricatures, and it's hard to fathom their fierce devotion, aside from narrative compulsion. Although the potential for Yet Another Teen Love Triangle is firmly squashed, the tepid established romance adds little. The meandering pace, rife with disappearing subplots and convenient coincidences, builds to a climactic battle that is over in a scant few pages, with heavy foreshadowing of inevitable sequels.A diverting if trivial read; it could have been so much more.(Fantasy. 12-16)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.